Principle Four

All Believers are members of the Church, the Body of Christ, fellow-shipping in local congregations, for the glory of God and for their growth and equipping for ministry.

 

[The following scripture passages and questions are here to guide you in your thinking. The questions are not answered.  If you are truly seeking, you will sense God guiding you.  You will see and understand those things which are most needful for you.  And, most importantly, you will know that God cares for you.]

Ephesians 3:21 “…to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Question: (True or False) Mega-church pastors, T.V. ministers, evangelists, etc. should be glorified by believers?

4:1-3 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Question: (Select answers that are correct) Believers, who walk in a manner worthy of their calling, walk with:

  1.   all humility and gentleness
  2.   patience
  3.    love
  4.   diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit.

4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Question: (True or False)  The basis of unity in a local church is all believers being good church members and not making waves.

Question: (True or False)  There is one Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father of all, but many bodies and faiths.

4:7-8, 11-13 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it says, ‘When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.’  …And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,…”

Question: (Select the answer that is correct) This passage points to Christ giving gifts, i.e., gifted persons , to the Church. What is their purpose?

  1.   To run the church organization;
  2.   To represent denominational agendas;
  3.   To train the saints in the work of ministry;
  4.   To build up the attendance of the Church.

Question: (Select the answers that are correct) What is the mark of a successful church?

  1.   Church members who have a unity of the faith and knowledge.
  2.   Mature church members.
  3.   A large membership and organization.
  4.   Church members who experience the fullness of Christ.
  5.   An exciting church program.

Question: (True or False)  It is okay for a church to hold to and teach a faith and a view of Christ that is different from the Bible.

4:15-16  “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

Question: Who is the leader of the local church?

Question:  (Fill in the blank.)  The church body grows so that it builds itself up in _______________.

Question:  Are you, as a believer, important to the growth of the church and of fulfilling the will of the Lord?

Summary:

It is not possible for a believer to be a healthy and growing Christian if:

  • that believer does not have regular fellowship with a local church.
  • that believer does not submit to the ministry of those gifted to teach and train.
  • that believer does not use his/her gifts in ministry to the members of the church.
  • that believer seeks perfection in others but excuses imperfection in himself/herself.
  • that believer refuses to forgive and love other Christians.

” Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.  Whoever loves his brother bides in the light, and him there is no cause for stumbling.”    —1 John 2:9-10

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